Kerby Rychel

Unrestricted Free Agent
Club de Hockey Canadien Inc.

Fantasy Summary

Once highly touted power forward. He may be able to earn bottom-6 minutes in the short term.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.0
NHL Certainty 2.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Free Agent
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 7, 1994
Height 6‘1”
Weight 214 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 1; Overall: 19

Observations

June 2019 – Rychel did not get a qualifying offer from the Flames which means he becomes an unrestricted free agent.  Jokke Nevalainen

Feb 2018 – Rychel has been exactly what you could have expected with Stockton. They badly needed a top-six power-forward body to add to the squad of smaller playmakers. The Flames rewarded him with a brief call up which shows they realize his skillset could easily slide onto that fourth line if they need depth in the playoffs. Other than that, it’s going to be real tough for him to find the value his 2013 draft position indicates. – Joel Henderson

Oct 2018 – Brought in to seemingly add some size and grit to Stockton, Rychel has gotten off to a hot start with four goals and two assists in six games. There are a number of Heat prospects which could be considered for a call up so Rychel will have to continue to produce to make Calgary HAVE to call him up if an injury happens. – Joel Henderson

August 2018 – The Montreal Canadiens have traded Rychel to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Hunter Shinkaruk.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2018 – After leading the Marlies in scoring last year and having another solid AHL season this year it still remains clear that Rychel was not in the Toronto long term plans and was part of a trade with Rinat Valiev and a second round pick to acquire Thomas Plekanec from the Montreal Canadiens. Rchel will be assigned to Laval in all likelyhood but probably does not become any more fantasy relevant despite the move. Montreal has less of a log jam on the roster preventing Rychel from making the jump, but in my opinion what is keeping him out of the NHL is his skating, compete and consistency. Peter Harling

December 2017 – Expectations were high on Rychel when he was acquired by the Leafs in a trade for Scott Harrington at the 2016 draft. Unfortunately it has just not worked out for the highly touted 1st round pick, 19th overall, in the 2013 draft. Rychel has decent size at 6-1 and 213 pounds, but he lacks elite speed and does not use his size very effectively. He does have a good shot and decent scoring touch when his game is on. He tends to be a bit streaky and lacking in consistent commitment and drive. He is now in his fourth season in the AHL. It is a long shot for him to make the NHL especially with the Leafs. He passed through waivers this year and was not picked up by any other team. His style of play would suggest he needs to be a top nine player as he is not particularly suited for fourth line duties. While Rychel is still just 23-years-old, he does have some time to develop his game, but his window is closing in on him. Perhaps Rychel could get a boost with NHL expansion that appears to be coming in Seattle but right now his fantasy value is very limited.  Brian Harling

July 2016- After surprisingly failing to make the NHL full time with Columbus, rumors were buzzing and finaly realized at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo when Rychel was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Scott Harrington. This should give Rychel a fantasy boost in value as he will have a fresh start and opportunity to play in the NHL with his Dad’s former team. Worst case scenario is Leaf fans tend to over value their prospects so his trade value should increase. Peter Harling

May 2015 – Rychel made a fantastic transition into professional hockey. He put up 12 goals and 19 assists in 51 games with the Springfield Falcons. He also saw some brief ice time with the big club and recorded three assists in five games. Rychel isn’t afraid to drop the gloves either. He will most likely continue to develop his game in the AHL next season, but he could make the NHL if he impresses in training camp. – Chris Bagwell

May 2014 – Kerby Rychel was named OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending May 11th after scoring three goals and eight points in three games. Included in those statistics were Rychel’s game tying and game winning goals that clinched the OHL Championship for the Guelph Storm. Rychel led all OHL players in 2013-14 playoff scoring ringing off 11 goals and 32 points in 20 games. Brendan Ross

April 2014 – Since being traded to the Guelph Storm of the OHL, Rychel has torn it up. He finished the season with 51 points in 31 games with the squad. His plus-28 is impressive as well. Currently, Rychel has 14 points in 11 playoff games. The Guelph Storm have just begun their conference final series against the Erie Otters. They took the first game it. Unfortunately, Rychel failed to produce any points for Canada in the World Junior Championships this year. Chris Bagwell

December 2013 – The Columbus Blue Jackets will send a pair of Canadian forward prospects to Malmo, Sweden in Josh Anderson and Kerby Rychel as both skaters were named to Team Canada’s final roster. Brendan Ross

December 2013 – Kerby Rychel was part of a blockbuster deal in the OHL that involved sending him and Kings prospect defenseman Nick Ebert to the Guelph Storm for undrafted forward Brody Milne and eight future draft picks. Rychel will join a powerhouse squad in Guelph and look to challenge the Knights and Otters for the OHL championship. Brendan Ross

November 2013 – Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires was named to the OHL roster for the 2013 SUBWAY Super Series. Rychel’s 11 goals and 26 points leads all Spitfires. Brendan Ross

June 2013 – Kerby Rychel packs an offensive punch with a bit of grit, exactly the type of thing the Columbus Blue Jackets organization has needed. One of the main attributes in Rychel’s game – and one of the few things he shares with his father – is a hard-working attitude. While Rychel is not afraid to drop the gloves, he wants to set the record straight that he is more of an offensive player, evidenced by back-to-back 40-goal seasons in the OHL. With the new management in Columbus, the door should be wide open for Rychel to develop into a top-end forward with some of the other Columbus youth. Tim Lucarelli

February 2013 – Rychel is a natural scorer with a fantastic shooting arsenal and is extremely opportunistic. He owns the size to play as a power forward but lacks the consistent physical aspect to be tagged as that type of player. He can stand to make better decisions with the puck as a passer but it is his scoring prowess that will carry Rychel to a first round selection. The young winger stands a great chance to improve his draft stock as former linemate Alexander Khokhlachev has returned to Windsor to team up with Rychel and the duo has great chemistry together. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Sun County Panthers Mn Mdgt AAA AHMMPL 26 11 17 28 24 | Playoffs 12 8 5 13
 2009-2010 Belle Tire U16 T1EHL U16 29 13 10 23 29 |          
 2010-2011 Mississauga Steelheads OHL 30 2 6 8 47 |          
  Windsor Spitfires OHL 32 5 8 13 26 | Playoffs 18 2 5 7 14 
  Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 5 2 2 4 0 |          
 2011-2012 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 41 33 74 54 | Playoffs 4 2 0 2
  Canada U18 WJC-18 7 5 3 8 12 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 1 1 2 0 |          
 2012-2013 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 40 47 87 94 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2013-2014 Windsor Spitfires OHL 27 16 22 38 15 |          
  Guelph Storm OHL 31 18 33 51 28 | Playoffs 20 11 21 32 23 
  Guelph Storm M-Cup 4 3 4 7 0 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 1 0 1 0 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 0 0 0 0 |          
 2014-2015 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 5 0 3 3 2 |          
  Springfield Falcons AHL 51 12 21 33 43 |          
 2015-2016 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 32 2 7 9 15 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 37 6 21 27 53 | Playoffs 17 1 5 6 26 
 2016-2017 Toronto Marlies AHL 73 19 33 52 118 | Playoffs 11 2 3 5
 2017-2018 Toronto Marlies AHL 55 10 20 30 36 |          
  Montréal Canadiens NHL 4 1 1 2 2 |          
  Laval Rocket AHL 16 8 4 12 8 |          
 2018-2019 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Stockton Heat AHL 57 23 20 43 29 |          
 2019-2020 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 7 0 0 0 6 |          

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